Thursday Jul 27, 2023

Begin with We with Kyle McDowell

A former corporate executive of three Fortune 10 firms, Kyle began to transform his career with the book “Begin with We: 10 Principles for Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence.” His motto now is to rid the corporate world of its toxic ways using 10 principles that govern how the team treats each other and those they serve. 

Join us as we speak with Kyle about the concepts in the book and how executives can apply them. We also talk about how to challenge employees with respect and kindness, and why obsessing over details is crucial to build and sustain a winning organization. 

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3 Takeaways:

  1. (08:10) If you are high functioning behind the curtains, we will be successful externally
  2. (11:50) Authenticity + relatability = trust
  3. (14:40) As a leader, be vulnerable


(00:00) Introducing Kyle McDowell

(01:25) Kyle’s journey

(03:50) Guiding Principles of Kyle’s leadership

(05:30) How Kyle came up with the guiding principles

(10:00) What is the “Begin with We” elevator pitch?

(11:40) What are the characteristics of a good leader?

(13:20) Struggling with imposter syndrome

(16:50) Principle #5: “We own our mistakes”

(19:45) How do you facilitate a team that can productively disagree?

(24:24) Example of team member not buying into the “10 We’s”

(27:50) Approach your work life the way you approach your personal life

(29:20) Begin with We

(30:30) Hot seat questions

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